Crack the Crises campaigners urge government to make the most of G7 reception

The Bishop of Dover, Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are among supporters of a campaign calling on the government to use its position as host of the G7 summit in Cornwall this month to “break the crises ”of Covid-19, injustice, climate change and the environment.

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In an open letter published in the Mirror Last Friday, a coalition of 75 UK charities – called Crack the Crises – which includes Christian Aid, Tearfund and World Vision, urged the government to show leadership in the G7 by supporting its new campaign, Wave of Hope, for a ” better, fairer world ”for everyone.

Signatories also include environmental activist Greta Thunberg and anthropologist and Templeton Prize winner (News, May 28), Dr Jane Goodall.

They write: “Everyone wants life to get back to normal. We think we can do better than get back to normal. We believe that people in the UK can use the spirit of unity that helped us through the Covid crisis to now fight Covid on a global scale and also help resolve the climate, climate crises. equality and nature. “

As part of the campaign, children’s illustrators including Quentin Blake created drawings of some of their most popular characters waving. Postcards of the designs are available free of charge at any Waterstones stores across the UK to encourage people to display them in shop windows in support of the Wave of Hope campaign.

Save the Children UK Executive Director for Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Kirsty McNeill said on behalf of the coalition: “Crack the Crises wants G7 leaders to commit to providing vaccines and health care for all, to fight against poverty and injustice, and to put an end to climatic and natural crises.

“This means ensuring equitable distribution of Covid tests, treatments and vaccines, providing universal health coverage, as well as adequate compensation and protection for healthcare workers. It means empowering people and providing them with access to healthy food, clean water, housing and education. It means tackling climate change now and putting nature in the recuperation phase to build a healthier planet. “

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